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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

CON­CUS­SION CAN BE TREATED

The main­stay of treat­ment is restora­tion of nor­mal func­tion through phys­io­ther­apy. Some­times med­i­ca­tions can help, par­tic­u­larly if there is chronic pain, or se­vere anx­i­ety. There is a spe­cialised con­cus­sion clinic for chil­dren aged 10 to16 in the Bon Se­cours Hos­pi­tal in Cork, which can be ac­cessed via GP re­fer­ral. ÷ Dr Ni­amh Lynch is a Pae­di­a­tri­cian work­ing in the Bon Se­cours Hos­pi­tal in Cork. She has a spe­cial in­ter­est in neu­rol­ogy, and in 2016 es­tab­lished Ire­land’s first Con­cus­sion Clinic for chil­dren. She has trav­elled to Pitts­burgh to ob­serve the man­age­ment of a con­cus­sion clinic treat­ing elite ath­letes such as NFL foot­ballers, and worked with Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh Med­i­cal Cen­ter to help de­velop and en­hance the Bon Se­cours con­cus­sion treat­ment pro­gram.

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